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i was a woos. the streets of boston haven't changed much since we were kids. next door, they are just as tough. their parents both immigrated from the islands. they have devoted their lives to protecting the streets and doing everything they can to keep the old neighborhood safe. >> a couple things we have to talk about this morning, a warrant for at least one suspect. >> the office is the boston police department's fugitive unit get their orders in street department briefings.
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they have been doing this long enough to know that details matter. you can never skip any steps. the gang unit is a lot more fast-paced in terms of the way they do investigation. they are constantly responding to gang activity. our unit is a lot more patient and a lot more methodical. the people we get to look for are those other police officers can't find. it is painstaking work but it doesn't make it any less dangerous. >> when you are going through your day, remember, we are walking around, everything is fine and one minute, it is not fine. any questions on anything? >> how is your son? is he still quick? >> let's get the big "d." >> babunas. >> can you please call back. we need to know if we have permission to put desitin on his bum. is that where we are at, in a society where you need permission to put lotion on somebody's butt?
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>> they have their work cut out for them to solve a recent string of robberies. they have a suspect's description but no name. >> so this is actually going to be the pawn store up here on the right and the grocery store is going to be this one on the left. almost right across from each other. >> so he came behind the counter, threatened the cashier with a knife, took cash. >> is that the video? >> he put the cash in the back room. >> yeah, really. >> he fled on a bike. >> this guy is threatening the domestic sovereignty of that neighborhood. we are trying to protect the families of these neighborhoods. >> we had like friday, saturday, sunday. this is the beginning of a spree that this guy is on. >> for manny and dee, calls from
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dispatch can come at any time. >> boston operations, all channels. a male shot, hamilton street. looking for a male. he went to barry off -- >> how long ago this happen? >> it just happened. it happened and i called the ambulance. >> the shell casings in the front staircase, there is like four of them. >> i was going to say hi and i got shot. >> did you recognize him? >> i just went upstairs to say hi. >> the gang unit knows this house well.
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they have been here before to deal with gang-related activity. >> this kid here, he is part of a group they call the n.o.b. he is always around them. they shot at him four times. i think they were definitely trying to kill him. usually, when there is a shooting between two different gangs that's been fueding, they are not going to talk to the police. usually, they take it into their own hands and try to solve it on their boyne retaliation towards another member of that other gang. >> they keep on going back and forth. someone is going to get killed. now, they are going to take it to a different level. >> we got a brief description on the shooter. we are just going to see if we can locate him. >> half an hour ago, it was just another sunny day in boston. now, manny and dee have to make sure a shooting on hamilton street doesn't set off a gang feud.
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>> our anniversary is in a couple of days. >> how many? >> 15. >> wow, 15 years. >> what are you doing? we'll drop the kids off at your household. >> there you go. >> the fugitive unit has a face but not the name of a suspect that's been committing robberies at knife point. >> using a knife like that and the knife that was described, it was a kitchen knife. it makes you think there is definitely a sense of desperation. >> 35 years of combined experience can help mason and joyce see connections others can't. >> why is he using a bike? he is not using a car. he is going to be living probably around that area if he is using the bike. he might be homeless. >> a couple shelters down in this area, one off of mass avenue and one off of pine street. >> the clock is ticking before he will commit another crime. >> the next stop is the shelter off mass avenue. >> good morning.
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how are you? >> they should transfer you to community service officer? >> you like that, huh? >> homeless people are pretty hard to track. they can be staying at any shelter at any night at any time. >> in one fitting the robber's description has been seen at the shelter. a reminder, this hunt is just beginning. >> you know that, right? that's what we get. >> the hours immediately following any shooting are the most crucial, which puts manny and deon edge even before the next call comes in. >> all units, robbery in progress. vicinity, castlegate. >> 595. >> where is he at? >> around the corner.
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>> one guy looked at me and tossed a firearm right here. >> an armed robbery turned foot chase in dorchester has ended in an apprehension for the boston police department's gang unit. for partners, manny knuto and dee arujio, two arrests and guns off the street are a good outcome. there is still a threat of a gang war to the streets that these cops will do just about anything to protect. >> the fugitive unit is searching for a robbery suspect. officers mason and joyce have a description but no name. >> we got a call from district 4.
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the detective, jolieman, let me know he was able to identify who this person was. >> leeman, who had been working on the case before the fugitive unit, got a call from a confidential informant. now, they have the suspect's name. victor penas. >> when he came out the store, he took a right on washington and right on lennox. he is going to be in that area. >> victor penas is in the robbery area. you have to look at their individual characteristics and be able to determine where they will be hiding. >> for the gang unit, the concern about retaliation is growing.
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>> something big is about to go down if we don't stop it now, someone is going to die. >> yesterday's dispute looks like a dispute against rival gangs, the n.o.b. and the c.d.o. >> they are less than a block away from each other. >> tensions are growing. >> when they are on their own turf, gang members don't usually hide. so a slow drive through familiar streets can almost serve as a roll call. >> see him right there. >> yeah. jeremy gomes, stephon. >> every time someone gets shot, his mother runs up, is this stephon? >> no, not stephon. >> i have been dealing with him for about seven years. i seen him as a kid. i seen him grow up. he just got wrapped up into the gang and being a gangster. i look at a killer like stephon pares and i see myself. that could have easily been me.
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>> i want to see you moving. change your angle, change your angle. that's shadow boxing, go. final 30, shake it out, go, go, go. brandon, if you end with your right, move to your right. >> my name is tim stanton. i'm a detective for the boston police department. i work out of area b-2. >> he works with youth boxers throughout the city of boston. >> it is a place where kids can learn self-confidence, respect, sportsmanship. it makes them a stronger person not just physically but mentally as well. >> how are you doing? >> respect for stanton's instruction runs high. lieutenant girard bail, head of the gang unit, has brought his son, zach, here to train. his first big fight is in two days. >> i'm not worried about the
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competition. >> speed, speed. >> there you go. >> get some water. >> good extension on that. >> the kids in the gym, not hanging in the corner in the back where they can get in trouble. >> i love boston. i've lived, worked here all my life. my family is all here. my mother and father came here for a better life. my family actually lives right next door to me, my parents, my grandmother. they have been living in the same neighborhood the past 31 years. >> it is just those ordinary moments we adore, a smile that
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greets your eyes when you come home. >> in here. put this in the dryer first. >> the laundry, it's more than i thought. i've been busy at work, i couldn't bring it over. sorry. >> that's okay. any thought about getting engaged or anything yet? >> when the time is right. >> so that means i'm not going to raise grandkids. >> when the time is right, you will. >> when the time is right. ♪ ♪ such a beautiful day ♪ nothing can bring you down now ♪ breaking news tonight. a deadly shooting inside a barber shop. police are still on the hunt for the gunman. this shooting happened around 7:00 at the universal barber shop and beauty salon on geneva avenue.
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the victim is a 20-year-old man shot and killed. he was there by the time first responders got here moments after the shooting. >> the next morning, the dead man's name hangs heavily over manny and dee. it was stephon payers, the c.b.o. gang member they spotted the day before. >> we are pulling up where the shooting took place last night, the barber shop right here. >> it is sad to see young kids getting killed, specially having two kids. >> manny and dee have seen these retaliation stories play out all too often. they worry it will only escalate from here. >> there are people outside. always boys. >> don't slow down.
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>> right here on the right. >> a bunch of his friends there. >> when you see someone you've been working with getting buried, it is emotional. you see the family. you see his friends. it affects you. after stephon pires is murdered, homicide takes over the case. in the meantime, myself and dee and other officers will hit the streets hard and let these kids know that this is not going to be tolerated. o know if we can pick her up. yeah, we can make room. yeah. [ male announcer ] ...office space. yes, we're loving this communal seating. it's great. [ male announcer ] the best thing to share? a data plan. at&t mobile share for business. one bucket of data for everyone on the plan, unlimited talk and text on smart phones. now, everyone's in the spirit of sharing. hey, can i borrow your boat this weekend? no. [ male announcer ] share more. save more.
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one night after gang member, stephon piras, was shot to death, the boston police department flooded the streets. >> anyone looking for anyone in violation of curfew, violation of parole. >> tim stanton, the 24-year-old veteran of the force, is leading tonight's sweep. >> just as many bodies as they can take off the street to quell the violence. >> why don't you step out of the car?
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>> what's up? >> a little after sun rise, they head back to the area of the con flick. >> what you going inside for? >> wait right here, wait right here. >> don't got nothing on you? >> we're smoking weed right off the door and you guys try to take off. >> he is going to run. what's your name, man? why you put yourself in the predicament of being arrested? why you start smoking, man. you only 17, dude. >> smoking marijuana may not be a violent crime. these guys are on n.o.b. turf so they may know something about the murder of stephon piras. >> last night, a kid was shot in the head.
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>> i didn't know about it until this morning. >> you could be one of them. that's real. no coming back. >> the fugitive unit is waiting for their warrant, a go sign to take down their target, victor penas. >> we have to identify. it comes down to the simple premise of community policing. >> they feel he is a career criminal, involved with drugs, convicted of armed robbery and has served two bits in state prison. >> going through his booking pictures. this individual has multiple tattoos. we are not going to be able to miss this guy. he has a tattoo of superman on his chest. >> i saw it. >> as of yesterday, he had moved out. the forwarding address is there. whether it is his family or
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whatnot, there is a victoria on the listing and his name is victor. the detective is at court getting the ticket. >> sean, did you print those yet? can i take a peek? >> he has a ton of tattoos. he is all tatted up? >> can he fly? >> absolutely. he thinks he probably can. >> with the gang violence hitting home for manny and dee, they pick up a double shift and head back out into the boston night. >> off the corner. >> did you hear those shots? >> we're on dakota sheet. about 15 shots. >> when you hear a person shot,
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you go from zero to 100. you are thinking about, when you get there, how are you going to react? what are you going to see? you have to find someone to firearm there. sometimes it is just good to play it in your head and you kind of know what to expect. it kind of helps you out, reacting when you get there. >> there are some things you just can't prepare for. >> what is it? >> there is another person over here. three shot. one more right here. >> three people shot. >> another one on the porch. >> the ambulance is on his way, all right? they are pulling up now, they are pulling up now. >> push the ambulance. >> he is all right, ma'am. he is all right.
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>> when someone is shot, everyone is hysterical. everybody is crying. you are trying to control the crowd and not destroy the evidence. >> one more here. >> i think he has been shot like three times. >> anyone else upstairs? >> anyone else in there, boston police? >> no one was saying anything. they were right in front of the house. >> three people shot. >> dead over here. >> i think one of the guys said was at the door and they just
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it's a crime scene now. homicide takes over and they run with everything else. >> yesterday, today, and the last couple of nights, it has been busy. >> cops like manny and dee do everything they can but in these neighborhoods, when gangs are involved, the violence can seem inescapable.
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>> since i was a kid, my mom and my dad always said, i loved everything about being a police officer. all my toys would be police cars and a car wheel is a police motorcycle. i wanted to do stuff for the community, do stuff to help out people. i think that's why i chose this job. >> do you remember when you first said what did i ask you? >> you sat me in front of your bed and said, is this what i really want? i say, are you sure you want to be a boston police? you say, yes. i said, okay, that's what you wants to be. god will be with you. god will keep you safe until you come home. i always look at the news and what's going on and thinking about you. like i say it again, we pray all the time for you. >> in this community, being a police officer is a high position.
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they have a lot of respect for police officers. my family is happy for me that i have this job. >> all those children, whenever you go to college and you come out, they still in there. >> nothing has changed for those kids yet. that's why now as a police officer when i deal with them at 14, 15 years old, sometimes i give the same talk that you used to give me. i'm like, listen, you are going to come back 15 years down the line and things are still going to be the same. nothing is going to change. you have to change it on your own. the world is not going to change for you. you need to change for yourself. >> i'm so happy for you, not just for yourself but for us too. >> we would like for you to get a nice wife, because you deserve a nice wife. >> someday, someday. i'll bring home a nice wife someday.
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>> they think they did it all but it was mostly you. you did most of the work. >> tonight is fight night for tim stanton's youth boxing program. >> outstanding, outstanding. >> boxers really care about the community they serve. they are willing to help the kid that's maybe on the fringe of being a gang member, just that person that's just down on their luck. you give them their dignity
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back. >> i just don't think people see that side of the police department, you know. >> tonight means a lot to the gang unit in particular. >> what's up? >> would lieutenant gerard bailey's son fighting. >> when i first came on, there was some people that really taught me a lot about being a police officer. some knowledge i can impart on some of the other officers to make it go smoother for them. it is hugely important to pass that on to them. >> what's up? thanks for coming down. >> the next day, officers are
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staked out at the address where robbery suspect, victor penas is hiding. >> when it is your squad running that case, you are quarterbacking that operation. you need to put people strategically so they are able to see this person if they are coming. >> i think i've got him now. >> when penas did come through the parking lot, we already had every single angle of the building covered. we had to move quickly. we had to move methodically. he is in custody. because of a migraine. so they trust excedrin migraine to relieve pain fast. plus sensitivity to light,
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he is in custody. >> we knew he was going to be going up to a certain floor. >> after a string of armed robberies, victor penas has been brought in. >> any knives, guns or bazookas or anything like that? >> whoa! >> what's in this bag? do you ever some heroin in that?
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>> when we go to apprehend people, we try to show them professionalism and respect. people like victor penas, that's still someone's son and someone's brother. he is still a human being. >> hey, it is the police. how you doing? we are just talking to victor over here on the other side of the development. he just wanted to tell you that what is it? is that your daughter. you have to pick up your daughter at school because he is going to be tied up to are a little while. he ended up getting arrested. yeah. okay. all right. bye-bye. >> we gave her a call right from the station. don't worry. it is all right. everything is going to be all right. >> it is a good feeling. there is a sense of
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satisfaction. into that community, you are sending a message this won't be tolerated. >> a string of gang-related shootings has the neighborhoods on edge and the police worried about what might come next. >> downie, 101, 11:01. >> that wake is tonight for the kid from on the 11th side. so be careful. >> the wake of one of the members. he is one of the youngest c.b.o. kids, stephon piras. they think all of the c.b.o. members are going to be in town. tensions, emotions could be high. they could be floating around on this side, with their rivals, if you will. they have been trading shots for the past couple of weeks now and
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a couple bodies have fallen. we're going to monitor the areas and just kind of make sure there is no opportunity for them to strike tonight. see what happens. >> this is the wake on the right. we are seeing who attends the services and who is driving by the services. you have got these younger kids growing up. they are pissed off. if they know who is responsible, they will take it out on them right after the wake. >> manny and dee know the most important characters to track like stephon's best friend, jeremy gomes. >> at least you know they are going to be up to no good. >> i just saw that car taking off from the back of the church.
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>> i have it. >> if you want to let the other guys know to be on the look out for that car. it did leave early. it could be up to no good. >> it comes back to jeremy gomes. >> the corner of coleman and quincy street is the heart of the turf. not a place that a c.b.o. member like jeremy gomes would usually be. >> let me see your i.d.? jeremy, where is your registration? >> the car is reeking weed. the kid in the back was moving around a lot. >> jeremy, come here for a second, come here. >> you know why we stopped you? >> everybody here knows the rules. everybody here knows what's at stake. >> i'm sorry about your loss. it sucks but you guys need to
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figure out the solutions, you know what i'm saying? this here, man, there is other ways. >> i don't know what to say. as long as y'all don't break my boundaries, i won't break y'all's boundaries. >> come here. >> we was just telling jeremy, this whole thing, it might be from a police perspective, just in general, this thing needs to stop. listen, stephon never disrespected me. we are tired of seeing this cycle. it's been going on for years and years. >> it has been getting old. >> the whole history, the whole thing, when is it going to stop? when are you going to be realizing, enough is enough. i'm getting old. >> i don't think that's ever going to happen. >> you guys, we just want to help. >> get out of here.
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>> we try to talk to these kids and try to show them that there is more to life than just gang banging and selling drugs and shooting each other. they are doing this all pretty much over nothing. even the biggest gang bangers will tell us this is not the life they chose. it just came about them. you might have to work a little harder with one individual than you might have to work with the other individual. >> trying to see if they tossed anything out the window. >> hey, terry, what's up? we actually just stopped a car with a few of them. jeremy gomes. you want to meet me by hamilton and coleman. we are here right now, hamilton and coleman. >> he is coming by.
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he says he wants to meet up with us. >> what's going on? a lot of players showed up. it is pretty busy. >> after 24 years on the force, tim stanton knows his way around a gang feud. nights like tonight give him a chance to remind younger cops, like manny and dee what to look out for. >> they have eyes. >> be careful out there. i think they are going to be low-key tonight. they know we are all out here. >> they know we are deep.
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>> the funeral is tomorrow. >> tomorrow morning, yeah. >> tomorrow, stephon's funeral poses morris cans. manny and dee will be there to keep the uneasy peace.
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the boston police department prides itself on preventing crime, not just responding to it. that's why on a morning like this, the morning of stephon piras funeral, manny dee and a group of cops begin their shift with some local kids to set a positive tone for a dangerous day. for them to see officers speaking to them, you can see it in their face, they feel comfortable. they like it. they are excited about us going there. >> after a week of violence in roxbury and dorchester, conversations with the kids are also essential.
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>> all right, guys, how are you guys doing? >> good. >> you guys had a good time out there. >> specially after you guys beat us. >> have we beaten you guys about have? >> one time. >> there are a lot of kids now they are doing the right thing. it is great. >> what time did you get up this morning? >> 6:00. >> you know what time i was up this morning? >> that's a different story. >> then, there are the ones that are at that fork in the road kind of like i was when i was in high school. we try to talk to these kids and show them there is more to life than gang banging and selling drugs and shooting each other. >> you make a decision based on what you want to do. don't ever listen to someone else. you do what's right for you. >> we try to let them know you can do a lot with yourself if you really put your mind to it. >> sometimes they don't and they end up dead.
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>> the day will pass without any more shots being fired by gang members. for the boston police department, a small victory in a long struggle. for two cops who have lived in this city virtually their entire lives, it's a glimmer of hope amid reminders of just how much there is to protect. ♪ ♪ and you ask me what i want this year ♪ ♪ to try to make this good and clear ♪ ♪ just a chance that maybe we'll find better days ♪ >> as a parent, having two kids, and trying to do the best for
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them and then suddenly someone would just take their life away, you know, it's tough. ♪ i need some place simple where we can live ♪ ♪ i need something only you can give ♪ ♪ that's faith and trust and peace while we're alive ♪ ♪ and the one poor child who saved this world ♪ ♪ there's 10 million more who probably could ♪ ♪ if with he all just stopped and said a prayer for them ♪ ♪ so take these words and sing out loud ♪ ♪ 'cause everyone is forgiven now ♪
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♪ because tonight's the night the world begins begin ♪ >> i see many kids that i grew up with, people that i went to school with, some of them get locked up, some of them are dead. a few of us actually made it. ♪ i wish everybody was loved tonight ♪ ♪ would someone stop this endless fight ♪ ♪ a chance that maybe we'll find better days ♪ ♪ so take these words and sing out loud ♪ ♪ 'cause everyone's forgiven now ♪
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♪ because tonight's the night the world begins again ♪ >> get inside. get 'em inside. >> get down on the ground. one-two. shake them out.

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